TOUGHEST DRIVING TEST CENTRES IN THE UK!
80 years ago the driving test became compulsory for all new drivers in Britain. Does it matter where you take your test? If you pass your test you are given the licence to driving freedom and much more, but fail and it’s back to public transport and horrid disappointment!
the DVSA Ensures that their instructors are assessed to make sure the test standard is the same all over the county. Sandra Macdonald-Ames was in the BBC documentary ‘So you think you can drive’ as the driving expert. She said that the test centres in rural areas tended to have higher pass rates.
This makes perfect sense as after 20-30 hours of lessons in a small rural area, as apposed to busy bustling streets in London, you are more likely to be comfortable with the roads and route of the area, with much less ‘nasty surprises’ to catch you out on your test.
Centre with the highest pass rate:
The test centre with the highest pass rate last year was on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, but there were only 10 candidates that took the test! There are no traffic lights, roundabouts or dual carriageways.
In England it was Kandal test centre in the Lake District with a high pass rate of 70.8% success rate!
Centre with the lowest pass rate: BELVEDERE
2013 – 2014 figures from the DVSA show that although the pass rate was 47.1%, you were almost 15 percentage points more likely to fail if you took your test in Belvedere in the London borough of Bexley! It seems it is a difficult route, surrounded by residential roads with narrow lanes as well as higher speed A roads such as the A220 and A206.
An instructor who stopped taking his students to Belvedere because of it’s reputation seemed to think it wasn’t just the roads to blame, but the examiners.
A DVSA spokesperson said pass rates could be influenced by various factors but refused to say if it was easier to pass at some test centres than others.
It is an interesting thought and maybe tempting for some to take a trip up the scotland to pass their test, but reality is – it’s always best to prepare yourself until you are at test standard, take your lessons and drive with confidence, even IF your test is at Belvedere!